Moody Steers No. 23 ISU In Victory over KSU, 84-65
AMES, Iowa – Nikki Moody recorded 20 points, eight boards and seven dimes to pace No. 23 Iowa State (16-5, 5-5 Big 12) to an 84-65 victory over Kansas State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Moody was 5-of-6 from the field, including a 3-of-4 effort from downtown, to help the Cyclones even their Big 12 mark to 5-5. Moody was one of four Cyclones in double figures: Hallie Christofferson (15), Jadda Buckley (14), Kidd Blaskowsky (13).
Blaskowsky hit two treys and Moody drained one to help the Cyclones take an early 18-6 lead. KSU made just 3-of-13 shots from the floor to begin the game to help ISU stake its lead.
With KSU still misfiring, the Cyclones increased their lead to 31-10 with 5:12 left in the opening period after back-to-back 3-pointers from Moody.
ISU made seven treys in the first half, four from Blaskowsky and three from Moody, to hold a comfortable 45-19 lead at the break.
ISU’s lead grew to as many as 30 points (64-34) with nine minutes left in the contest.
Keys to the Game
Defense. Iowa State made it extremely difficult for the Wildcats to get anything going offensively, especially early on while building its comfortable lead. KSU shot just 27.3 percent from the floor and had nine turnovers in the first half.
At one point late in the first half, the Wildcats were just 5-of-25 (20 pct.) from the field. KSU was still below 25 percent from the floor down 30 points with nine minutes left in the game. It was long after the game was out of reach until the Wildcats got above 30 percent.
ISU forced 16 KSU turnovers behind a season-high nine steals by the Cyclones.
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Kidd Blaskowsky The Cyclone sophomore busted out of her mini shooting slump by scoring 13 points, including 12 in the first half, in the rout of the Wildcats. Blaskowsky was just 2-of-11 from 3-point range in her last three games, but she was on target tonight, drilling 4-of-10.
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*Christofferson scored ISU’s first seven points.
*Moody had 20 points, her 12th double-digit scoring game of the season and the fifth 20-point game of her career.
*Moody had seven assists, the 15th time this season she has registered 5+ assists in a game.
*Moody has 487 assists in her career, moving her past Stacy Frese to No. 4 on ISU’s career assist list.
*Fallon Ellis had a season-high nine points.
*ISU’s 45 points scored in the opening period was the highest first-half total of the season vs. Big 12 opposition. The previous high was 38 points at TCU.
*ISU’s 26-point halftime lead was the second largest of the season.
*ISU has won six-straight over KSU in Hilton Coliseum.
*ISU made 11 3-pointers, the 11th 10+ 3-pointers made game of the year.
*ISU was 25-of-29 from the free-throw line (86.2 percent).
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Iowa State plays host to TCU on Wednesday (Feb. 5). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Cyclones.tv.